Glass noodles stir fry is an easy but delicious recipe that you can make for lunch or dinner. The full recipe is packed with different types of veggies, tofu, and delicious sesame sauce. What a yummy combination.
Stir-fried glass noodles are the perfect meal for family, and friends or for a cozy dinner only for yourself. The recipe is made with a couple of ingredients and packed with flavors.
The best part of this recipe is that you can use whatever vegetables you have at home. Even frozen ones! The recipe wouldn't be complete without fried tofu and simple sauce.
What is a glass noodle?
Glass noodles are noodles made from starch such as mung bean starch and potato starch. You can find them in Asian grocery stores. They have a specific consistency and color - they are almost transparent. That makes them special and perfect in many dishes. They are also called mung bean noodles or cellophane noodles.
Sometimes rice noodles can fall apart, especially when you overcook them. On the other side, glass noodles will still remain the same. They are very stretchy and have a neutral taste.
Cellophane noodle recipes are so good! You can use them in many dishes, including soups, stews, or stir-fried dishes.
WHY YOU WILL LOVE THESE STIR FRY GLASS NOODLES
- Vegan – These fried glass noodles are perfect for your vegan friends or family! But this easy glass noodle recipe is suitable for everyone, not only for vegans/vegetarians.
- Gluten-free – This glass noodle recipe is naturally gluten-free.
- Dairy-free - This recipe is also dairy-free.
- Easy to make – The full recipe for crystal noodles recipe is so easy and simple.
- Glass noodles - This is the main ingredient of this recipe. Glass noodles are delicious and so easy to make.
- Sesame sauce - A true star of this recipe. By adding this sauce to this dish you are making it a lot more flavorful and creamy.
- Tofu - Veggie stir fry noodles are great but by adding tofu you are adding some extra protein and more textures to this dish.
- Oil - Oil enhances the flavors and it is key in many recipes. You can use whatever vegetable oil you have at home.
- Spring onion - You can use a white or red onion for this step, but spring onion is sweeter and has prettier color in this dish.
- Minced garlic - Garlic is a must in this recipe.
- Firm tofu - You need to use firm tofu in this recipe otherwise it might crumble.
- Carrot, Cauliflower, Broccoli - You can use whatever veggies in this recipe, but this combination is the best. You can also use them frozen.
- Glass noodles - The main ingredient in this recipe. Glass noodles has the best consistency.
- Soy sauce - Soy sauce is key in this recipe. It gives the dish a strong umami flavor. You can use dark or light soy sauce.
- Sesame oil - Sesame oil enhances the flavors of sesame seeds. In this recipe, we need that strong sesame flavor.
- Water - Just a little bit of water is just enough.
- Sesame seeds - Yes, we are adding sesame oil, but adding sesame seeds is also important.
- Cornstarch - To thicken our sauce we need to add cornstarch.
- Vinegar - Soy sauce and vinegar goes so well together.
- Sugar - Since we are adding vinegar we need to add a little bit of sweetness to the sauce.
POSSIBLE INGREDIENT SUBSTITUTIONS
This recipe is easily customizable. Here are some ideas:
- You can replace spring onion with traditional onion.
- Cornstarch can be replaced with potato starch.
- You can use whatever veggies you want such as peas, cabbage, celery, bell pepper sprouts, or even mushrooms.
Step 1: How to prepare glass noodles? In this first step, we are going to prepare glass noodles. You can cook them according to your package information, but I usually boil the water and cook them for about 4-5 minutes. They are perfect every time. Drain them and set them aside.
Step 2: Next, prepare a medium-sized skillet and cook garlic and onion in the oil until golden. Next, add tofu and fry until they are crispy on each side.
Step 3: Now, it's time to add veggies. Cook them for about 5 minutes or until slightly tender.
Step 4: In the small bowl combine all of the ingredients for the sauce and pour into the stir-fried veggie and tofu mixture. Lastly, add cooked glass noodles and combine. Cook for about 1-2 minutes and these veggie stir-fry glass noodles with tofu is ready to serve. Enjoy!
Serve this glass noodles recipe with freshly chopped spring onion and extra sprinkles of sesame seeds.
Store this Asian cellophane noodles recipe for up to 24 hours. I don't recommend storing this glass noodles stir fry recipe because the consistency might change. This dish is best eaten fresh.
TIPS FOR THE BEST GLASS NOODLE STIR FRY
- If you can't find glass noodles, search for cellophane noodles or mung bean noodles. Also, you can use thin vermicelli noodles.
- Fry the tofu until crispy. Yes, it takes time, but make sure every side of the tofu is golden brown.
- If you want this dish to be more colorful, simply add more colorful veggies.
How do you cook glass noodles?
Cooking glass noodles is so simple, but if you are asking do I soak glass noodles before cooking? Or do I cook noodles before I put them into this stir fry, read more.
Glass noodles are so easy to cook. All of the instructions should be on the packaging, but you should cook them just like regular pasta. Simply boil the water and add your glass noodles. Simmer for about 5 minutes and drain them. They are so easy to cook.
Are glass noodles the same as rice noodles?
No, they are not, but if you don't have glass noodles, you can use rice noodles in this recipe.
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Glass noodles stir fry
- 4 tbsp oil
- 1 spring onion
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 cup cubed firm tofu
- 1 carrot
- 1 cup cauliflower
- 1 cup broccoli
- 8 oz glass noodles
- 4 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tsp sesame seeds
- 1/2 tsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp vinegar
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- Firstly, cook the glass noodles in the water according to your package information. Drain them and set them aside.
- Next, prepare a skillet and add oil, garlic, and onion. Fry until lightly golden and add cubed tofu. Fry until tofu is golden brown from each side. When the tofu is cooked, add veggies and fry for about 5 minutes.
- In the small cup combine the ingredients for the sesame sauce and pour it into the veggies.
- Lastly, add cooked glass noodles and combine. Cook for about 1 minute and serve. Enjoy!